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Swastika Earrings.

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post-20736-0-82356700-1370121065_thumb.jpgpost-20736-0-82356700-1370121065_thumb.jpgI was walking around town as I do every Saturday when I stopped at a stall (it was market day) which sells everything from DVD to Jewellery, I never usually look at the jewellery section but this time for some strange reason I did, with the sun burning down on me and it's rays reflecting from the light I saw something in the corner of my eye "What a weird shape for a pair of earrings!" I thought. Anyway, I looked back to find they were in the shape of a swastika! The funny thing was is that I was thinking of buying the pair (Even though I don't have my ears pierced) as I have never seen anything like it in my life! :blink:

 

*NOTE* The following picture is the picture of the ones I saw but they look identical.

 

Ps. Sorry for going on a bit, I'm in a Jackanory mood... :yap:

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Quite bizarre to see these on a jewellery stall Helen :o if you look closely though you will see the swastika is rotating in the wrong direction i.e. back to front which makes them a good luck sign rather than a Third Reich swastika , however I think anyone wearing them would get some funny looks, strange days indeed :D

 

Here is the Dalai Lama giving a speech :)

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they will be claimed to be good luck, but in seriousness who notices that in the general public? More likely to get a heil in the street and picked up by the cops as a neo nazi... but hey, good luck!

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Aren't the ear rings going in the direction of the peaceful meaning of the symbol and in the picture of the Dalai Lama are the ones the Third Riech used?

 

Do Buddhists use it both ways?

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Yes The Dalai Lamas ones are going in the Third Reich direction :) The swastika was used in both directions by many including the Buddhists.The swastika (Sanskrit) is a cross with four arms bent at 90 degrees. The earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization as well as the Mediterranean classical antiquity. Swastikas have also been used in various other ancient civilizations around the world including China, Japan, India, and Southern Europe. It remains widely used in Indian religions , specifically in Hinduism ,Buddism and Jainism , primarily as a tantric symbol to evoke Shakti or the sacred symbol of auspiciousness. The word "swastika" comes from the Sanskrit svastika - "su" meaning "good" or "auspicious," "asti" meaning "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. The swastika literally means "to be good". Or another translation can be made: "swa" is "higher self", "asti" meaning "being", and "ka" as a suffix, so the translation can be interpreted as "being with higher self".

 

Even the Romans used swastikas :)

 

Here are the ancient Roman mosaics of La Olmeda , Spain. Swastikas going in both directions.

 

In fact for some reason I was watching Northern Irelands First Ministers questions on BBC news a few months ago and they have swastikas on their walls in their parliament :D

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Managed to find a picture of the swatikas at Stormont ,looks like only one other person has noticed these and that's the guy who posted them on the net, as he says Stormont was refurbushed for the Northern Ireland assembly in 1997 so hardly ancient :D

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Swastikas belonged to the ancient Greek Meander / Mäander patterns often found on antique paving and mosaiques. They are also a Nordic-Germanic Symbol for around 2000 years, and can be found on ancient Runestones in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Also found on some Roman Mosaiques!

image.png.0b9d17f98309cd20daac41b288d5287a.pngimage.png.b35b723f9e54a5b02fc7a048a7cc4a3f.png A swastika from the Bronze Age, Museum Laureacum in Austria

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Mosaique floor in the Herculaneum         Minoische Vase from Crete.

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Germanic Alphabet. The Swastika was known as the Sonnensymbol, and had various forms.

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image.png.ebe49c7538103edadeba04d063a532a2.pngimage.png.cabfa765175f940d63a84327021d2c19.png The Germanic-Keltic Triskell, similar to the emblem of the Isle of Man.

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A runic vase from the 3rd or 4th Century A.D. with  a swastika symbol, illustration from a Third Reich publication.

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Many stones like this are still present in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Many were also destroyed by the "Church" in the Middle Ages and later, as it was claimed to be Witchkraft and the Work of the Devil. However some of the first Christian religious scripts in Northern Europe were written in the runic alphabet, later succeeded by latin and gothic scripts. Runes were still in use till around the 11th Century.

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There have been complaints from leftwing activists about Viking re-enactment groups with Swastikas! (Schleswig)

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Modern times: Werner Voss. The swastika was said to be an ancient Greek symbol for "Victory"

 

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and not forgetting, the Romans or even the Greeks before them, were the first "Faschists" (and imperialists)

 

 

 

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